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The Arc of Opportunity

Opportunity in North Central Massachusetts

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Leisure and social activities play an important role in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. The extensive variety of recreation programs, sponsored by The Arc of Opportunity, provides therapuetic recreational services to hundreds of individuals with disabilities every year.  Recreational services can offer enrichment in people’s day-to-day lives by offering a chance to explore new activities, have social interactions with others and have fun!

The Arc of Opportunity's Recreation Activities and Events

Below you will find what The Arc of Opportunity offers on a regular or annual basis:

  • Weekend Recreation Club

The Weekend Recreation Club (formerly the Drop-In Club) offers a variety of social and leisure activities to participants over the age of 18.

Cost: Club dues are $10.00 per visit plus the cost of activities scheduled that day

Members receive a bi-monthly calendar listing the activities and hours of operation for each weekend. Prospective members receive a handbook and complete an intake packet prior to their first visit.

The Weekend Recreation Club is generally open on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m unless time change is noted in calendar. Activities include beach trips, fairs, shopping, movies, etc.

  • Weekend Trips

Our Recreation program offers 7 overnight weekend trips and 1 multiple day getaway, typically 5-7 days.  These trips give individuals a chance to experience travelling while being chaperoned to ensure safety and maintaining self-care. 

Past Overnight Weekend Trips:

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Irish Village in Cape Cod
  • Camp Waban in Maine
  • Beatles Tribute Concert
  • Blues BBQ Festival
  • Bright Nights/Yankee Candle Holiday Trip
  • Old Orchard Beach
  • And many more

Past Extended 5-7 Day Trips:

  • Cruise to Bermuda
  • Niagara Falls/Canada Trip
  • Disney World
  • Cape May
  • Pennsylvania/Hershey Park

For more information please call 978-343-6662 and contact Maddy at extension 1011

  • Dances

Monthly dances are offered through the months of September through May for people ages 18+ from 7pm-9:45pm on Fridays @ The Christ Church in Fitchburg. 

Cost: $7.00 a person which includes a drink and a snack

We ask that individuals with independent time have an ID card on them in case of an emergency.  Individuals without alone time need to be accompanied by a staff.   

There is one holiday dance in December that is held at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  We have a catered buffet dinner along with holiday music and dancing.  Cost is $26 per person including staff.  Look for the holiday dance sign up in our Recreation/Family Support Newsletter.

  • Bowling

The Arc of Opportunity has a bowling league that meets on Thursdays from 3:15pm-4:30pm through the months of September through March @ Mason's Bowling in Leominster, MA.

Cost: $5.50 for members of The Arc and $6.00 for non-members

  • Mini Golf

During the summer months The Arc of Opportunity has a mini-golf league that meets on Thursdays from 6pm-7:30pm @ Mason's Bowling Center (outside where ice cream is!)

Cost: $5 for member of The Arc and $6 for non-members

  • Special Olympics

We offer several sports through the Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA).  Children can participate as young as 3 years old in our Young Athletes program.  At age 8, athletes are eligible to compete in competitions and games through SOMA.  Athletes can continue playing sports in SOMA all the way through late adulthood.  Special Olympics offers people with disabilities a chance to work on athletic abilities, learn sportsmanship, become healthier through exercise, gain new social skills and much more. 

Here is an overview of sports we sponsor through Special Olympics:

Summer:  Softball

Fall:  Soccer/Flag Football

Winter:  Basketball

Spring: Swimming/Volleyball


  • Labor Day Holiday Observed No Weekend Club Activity    
  • We offer a variety of sports and activities for all ages and abilities.  Sports can be a monumental part of a person's life who has special needs.  It provides...
  • Stay up-to-date on all Recreation activities and registration deadlines by viewing the newsletters below.